Utility Update

On November 1, just an hour before our fall board meeting, we received the approved Planning Module from the PA DEP. Although we thought that was the final document that we needed to install all the utilities, we now need a Water Quality Management permit before was can start on the Forced Main line to the Muddy Run Sewer Authority’s manhole. With this permit, however, we are now approved to bring electric and water onto the property. In addition, we can install all the gravity portion of the sewer system. It appears that the final permit for the remainder of the installation should come fairly quickly. Although the Water Quality Management Permit does require an engineer’s stamp, it is a relatively short and straight forward application.

As the board reviewed five different bids to bring utilities on the property, it became quickly apparent that there are two reasons that we cannot completely install all the utilities. The first challenge of obtaining the Water Quality Permit seems fairly straight-forward, in comparison to all the other permits. The second issue is finances. Although we have about $150,000 of available money to start the project, we need an additional $150,000 to complete the project. Recently, we visited a camp in another state, and they challenged us to move forward believing God. They had several thrilling stories of how God provided for their needs in spectacular ways. As the board prayed and reviewed the bids, we had to balance faith in our great God with good business practice. On Thursday, November 14, we signed a contract with an excavator to do the first phase of the project. This excavator was recommended by a good friend of the camp. He seems very thorough, and the board spent some time chatting with the excavator via speaker phone. We have in hand almost the entire amount for phase 1. Although it will cost extra money if the excavator leaves and needs to return to the property for phase 2, we in good conscience before God felt we could not sign a contract for a project that we did not have the current ability to pay. Both the board and the excavator would love if we could have the finances to finish the project before the excavator leaves. We are praying about this issue and putting the results into the hands of a Faithful God. Would you pray with us?

In addition to the needed finances, we also have need for volunteers. The bid does not include several portions of the project. It does not include the reseeding of the areas where they are installing pipe. Because most of digging of phase 1 (1280 ft.) is on other people’s property, we want to be very careful to leave the properties in equal or better condition than when we started. In addition, the final hookup of the water and sewer is not made to each of the cabins. We are looking for volunteers to help with the digging and installing of these lines. Although we do have a backhoe, there are several other pieces of equipment (mini-excavator & Skid-loader) that would be helpful for this project. Would you prayerfully consider how you could be a part of God’s Work at Servant’s Heart?


As we come to the end of another year, it is a great time to look back and reflect upon God’s past blessings and look forward to serving God in greater ways in the future.

As I reflected this morning, I thought of Y2K and the hype that surrounded that New Year. In fact, we are still eating some canned grain that was recently given to us. They bought the grain to use for the expected widespread devastation that would encircle the globe. The Bible clearly states that worldwide devastation will come, but it was not because of the millennium bug.

As we look back, here are some significant dates in the history of SHCM.
• 2002 – First Year of Camp using the Liberty Bible Camp facility in York, PA. (one week of Teen Camp and one week of Junior Camp for a total of 71 campers)
• 2002 – First Year of Camp • 2002
2004 – First family Camp
• 2006 – First Backpacking Camp on the wide-open trails of Pennsylvania
• 2006 – First Teen Winter Retreat at Timberwind Log Cabin Lodge
• 2009 – the Summer Camps moved from Liberty Bible Camp in York County to Hughesville Camp in Lycoming County
• 2009 – First Ladies Retreat at Timberwind Log Cabin Lodge
• 2010 – Purchased 215 acres in Clearfield County to call home.
• 2011 – First summer camps on new property with a mobile kitchen, (4) cabins, hauled water, generators, and portable toilets.
• 2012 – Second summer of camps on the new property with similar amenities to the first year on the property. One additional cabin finished.
• 2012 – First Young Adult retreat
• 2012 – First Men’s retreat
• 2012 – The DEP finally approved our permits to bring utilities on the property, and the “waiting” for the needed funds began.

Although there are many significant challenges ahead, we are almost overwhelmed with God’s goodness in bringing us to this juncture. We know that God is always faithful, but our desire is that we would be faithful in every way to our faithful God as we look forward to this coming year.